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New York Times bestselling author, Jess Walter

New York Times bestselling author, Jess Walter

Two weeks until the fab writers conference in Easter Washington, Write on the River. Join us May 16-18 in Wenatchee  for workshops, chats with authors, agent/publisher appointments and a keynote by the amazing Jess Walter!

Conferences like this one can instruct, inspire and impact your writing life. And in Wenatchee, the weather is warm, and wine country beckons for an extended stay.

We’ll have our usual emphasis on fiction and nonfiction, along with key workshops on self publishing. Our guest agent is Andrea Hurst. Special sessions from Larry Brooks, one of the most sought-after writing teachers in the country. He’ll teach a class on Saturday and a half day master class on Sunday. Fifteen workshops to choose from, all in the beautiful campus setting of Wenatchee Valley College.

Write on the River Conference

May 16 (evening keynote) and May 17-18

Register here. Info on workshops/faculty:  WOTR website.

Our lineup of workshops includes:



Larry Brooks

  • Characterization
  • The structure of the novel
  • Short stories
  • Poetry
  • YA writing
  • an evening with Jess Walter (Friday, May 16)



Wendy Call on creative nonfiction

Wendy Call on creative nonfiction


  • Creative nonfiction
  • The nonfiction book: how to begin
  • Agent and editor appointments
  • Internet marketing
  • Publishing: what traditional publishers are looking for
  • New publishing: hybrids and do-it-yourself



Jason Brick on self publishing

Jason Brick on self publishing

Agent Andrea Hurst

Agent Andrea Hurst






Best little writing conference around

You gotta love it. Write on the River in Wenatchee. Join us in wine country May 16-18 for sunshine, workshops, exciting teachers, and the great Jess Walter.


Jess WalterJess Walter, Keynoter. Friday evening, May 16. Author of Beautiful Ruins. Walter is brilliant and funny, humble and inspiring. Meet Jess and enjoy an evening of words and wine. Separate tickets to this event only $15.



HurstGuest agent, Andrea Hurst who will hear pitches and talk about Crafting Fiction and Memoir that sells.


Sunday Master class and Saturday story engineering class with Larry Brooks, author of Story Oct 13 HeadshotPhysics and the Wolf Schmidt thriller Deadly Faux.



Guest Editor Beth Bacon from Booktrope, a hybrid publisher that has the chops to produce a quality book, put together a marketing team, and share the revenues with the author.


Plus: Nonfiction with Wendy Call and Peter Stark, science fiction and fantasy with Nancy Kress and Jack Skillingstead, fiction with Craig English, social media with Jason Brick, YA writing with Suzanne Selfors and much more!

Registration now open!


On the road

I’ll be getting around a bit in the next several weeks. Love to see some of you at these events: (I realize I live in the upper left hand corner of the country . . . but hey, how about San Diego?)

PybusPybus Market Author Signing. Wenatchee, WA. Saturday, Feb 8, 11:00- 2:00 p.m.

Think Locals First! I’ll be at Pybus farmers market to sign with fifteen other local writers. Authors include Derek Sheffield, Bill Layman, Robert Wells, Patricia Clark, Theresa Monsey. Door prizes and a book buzz!


journalism deptWenatchee High School Journalism Class Fundraiser.  Pybus Market, Wenatchee, WA. Thursday, Feb 13, 6:30.

All proceeds to WHS nationally acclaimed publication, Apple Leaf, and year book. Dave Herald from Sunny FM will MC, and I’ll be giving a nice little talk on what to believe and not believe about being a novelist.

RadconRadcon SciFi/Fantasy Convention. Pasco, WA. Feb 14-16.

Guest of Honor Mike Resnick! Yes, the great man is coming to Eastern Washington, and we are ready! Here’s my schedule.

Fri Feb 14 – 12:30 – 2:30. Kennewick High School visitFri Feb 14. Plots Within PlotsSat Feb 15. AutographingSat Feb 15. Alternate HistorySat Feb 15. Dropping the World (avoiding info-dumps)Sat Feb 15. Kay reads from A Thousand Perfect Things
Feb 14, 2014 12:00pm – Feb 16, 2014 5:00pm – See more at:
Fri Feb 14 – 12:30 – 2:30. Kennewick High School visitFri Feb 14. Plots Within PlotsSat Feb 15. AutographingSat Feb 15. Alternate HistorySat Feb 15. Dropping the World (avoiding info-dumps)Sat Feb 15. Kay reads from A Thousand Perfect Things
Feb 14, 2014 12:00pm – Feb 16, 2014 5:00pm – See more at:

Fri Feb 14 – 12:30 – 2:30. Kennewick High School visit

Fri Feb 14. Plots Within Plots

Sat Feb 15. Autographing

Sat Feb 15. Alternate History

Sat Feb 15. Dropping the World (avoiding info-dumps)

Sat Feb 15. Kay reads from A Thousand Perfect Things

Condor Condor. San Diego. Mar 21-24.

Another great SFF con. Sunny San Diego this time. I’ll be there. Hope to see some of you!


Fri Feb 14 – 12:30 – 2:30. Kennewick High School visitFri Feb 14. Plots Within PlotsSat Feb 15. AutographingSat Feb 15. Alternate HistorySat Feb 15. Dropping the World (avoiding info-dumps)Sat Feb 15. Kay reads from A Thousand Perfect Things
Feb 14, 2014 12:00pm – Feb 16, 2014 5:00pm – See more at:

Sleeping Hedgehog interview

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This week Camille Alexa reviewed A Thousand Perfect Things for Sleeping Hedgehog: A Journal of An Untraditional Nature, the sister publication to Green Man Review. She followed it up with an interview.

Check it out here, where I talk frankly about:

  • The line of characters waiting in the wing to grace or sabotage your story.
  • My terrifying swings of opinion on the subject of characterization.
  • My favorite characters.
  • Why you must go to the desert to write.
  • My theory of the short story.

Camille Alexa on my new novel:

“A Thousand Perfect Things, drew me along somewhat slowly at first, but partway through turned into one of those reading experiences you hate to leave, so you avoid work and skip dates and stay awake all night till you finish. I loved her heady mix of romance, history, action & adventure — a real mélange of both exotic and domestic flavors, blended like a fine imported tea.”


Win a Kindle just in time for the holidays

Holiday Kindle Fire Giveaway

A Kindle Fire makes a great — put pricey — gift for Christmas. Here’s a chance to win one.

Some other authors and bloggers and I are ganging up to give away a Kindle Fire HDX, Amazon gift card, or Paypal cash ($229 value.) I hope you’ll join in!

This is a Rafflecopter giveaway, where you earn points by checking out various blog sites and liking those that appeal to you. It takes only a few minutes, and you can decide how many points you’ll earn toward the contest.

Just click here to enter a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway Details

1 winner will receive their choice of an all new Kindle Fire 7″ HDX (US Only – $229 value), $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 in Paypal Cash (International).

Ends 12/18/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the participating authors & bloggers. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Good luck!


 This is what you will win: 


All New Kindle Fire HDX 7″ Giveaway

The winner will have the option of receiving a 7″ Kindle Fire HDX (US Only – $229 Value)


Or $229 Gift Card (International)


Or $229 in Paypal Cash (International)

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